Saturday, July 27, 2019

Happy Saturday

July 27, Saturday AM

Just thought I'd share what I have been up to this week.  It has been hot and steamy here in Florida with lots of rain.  The rain is good because the sun burns it off rather quickly.  Soooooo all that made for a good week to work on my stash for projects.  I did a lot of stamping and die cutting.  I will use these items later to color, watercolor or use my markers to prepare them for a project as I need them.  It is one of the many things I have learned from my Altenew Classes (AECP).  I stamped, die cut and separated by stamp set.  I am storing them in labeled medium sized storage bags which are available on the Altenew site (  Then when I need them I just pull them out to begin a layout.  Lots of fun time stamping and cutting for another day!  I am also preparing for some time with the Kids and Grandkids so need to have some supplies at hand quick and easy during downtime.

As you can see my die cuts are in zip lock bags while I wait for my Altenew storage bags to arrive.  I also use their large storage bags to store my stamps and dies.  Storing them like that helps keep them together every time I want to use them.  No searching for parts.  I hope you have some fun working on a project of your own this weekend.  Enjoy the day!!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Masking Unleashed

AECP Level 2

It is a beautiful hot summer day in Florida!  The clouds are big white and fluffy.  I hope you are all crafting close to a window so you get inspiration from the sunshine!  

Oh My Goodness I can hardly believe that Masking Unleashed is my final Level 2 AECP (Altenew Educational Certification Course).  Masking is a skill that enables you to place items so that they can over lap each other without over lapping design details.  Below are two of the cards I did using masking techniques.  If you have never used masking I would suggest that you go to look at the education tab and sign up for this class.  Try it you'll like it!!!

For the yellow flower card I used the Spring Daisy and Life is beautiful stamp and die sets.  You can find these sets and more at  The mini inks I used are from the Golden Sunset, Delectable Delights, Frayed Leaf and Forest Green. I stamped the outline for the center flower with the Altenew Black permanent die.  I then used a flower die cut from masking paper to cover it up and stamped the outline of the two outside flowers.  I covered all three with masking die cuts to protect them and stamped the leaf outlines.  Then I stamped the sentiment in the bottom left corner of the card stock.  Masking paper has a light adhesive on the back of it to hold it in place while you stamp over it.  I helps protect the item or items that were stamped first.  I then went back and did the layers of the flowers and leaves masking as I went along.   I removed all the masking and mounted the card front to a piece of black card stock and then glued that to the card front.  I stamped three butterflies and used markers to color them. I added Three gold sequins for dimension.   It makes a nice summertime card for any occasion. 
For the second card I first stamped all flowers using masking tape as I went along .  My flowers and leaves are all two layer stamping.  Mini Inks Golden Sunset, Glacier Caves, Tea party and Tropical Forest were used to color this card.  I added my leaves using the masking process. I used masking on all the stamped images and added the vase stamped image.  I stamped the sentiment in the bottom left corner and splattered the background with blue and black ink.  I die cut one of the rose colored flowers and two leaf sets and mounted them using foam tape for a little dimension.  I didn't care for the card just flat on the card front(my personal preference).  I added a dark blue card stock  to the back and glued the whole thing to the card front.  I then added Nuvo drops and some Wink of Stella to the flowers and the leaves.  This is a multiple use card.  Birthday, Get Well, Anniversary etc. 

These were so much fun to make.  Even those this is the last class from Level 2 there will be more posts to follow.  I will continue to share what I've learned and am learning in hopes that some of you will follow in my path.  If I can answer any questions please leave me comments and questions.  #lindashellerhuffman; #Altenew; #AECP
Have a wonderful weekend.

Magical Markers

Certification Class

I'm so excited I have just completed the last two of the Level 2 Certification Classes at Altenew!  Magical Markers is the first of the two.  These classes are so educational, inspiring and just plain fun!!!  I know that everyone isn't interested in becoming certified but taking classes, any classes at Altenew is an experience you should try.  

Time to move onto my card projects for the Magical Marker Class.

Most of my inspiration for these two cards came from Day 3 and Day 4 of this class.  I don't always find markers to be my go to for card making.  This class taught me how to take advantage of markers in my artwork. 
I started by splattering my card background on the top of my card base.  I used blue and black ink splatters.  I attached a piece of blue and white card stock to the bottom of the card front.  I stamped the sentiment in Altenew permanent black Crisp Ink and attached it to the bottom left side of the card front.  I tied a piece of twine around the top of the blue and white paper on the bottom.  Next I stamped my flower and leaf outlines on vellum and colored them with markers.  The Stamp and die sets I used were Build a Flower Japanese Mum and Beautiful Day.  Both sets are available on the website.  The Marker sets I used were Cool Summer Night (3 shades) and Green Fields (2 shades).  Die cutting the flower and leaves came next and arranging them on the card front.  I used an Altenew drop for a pop of color in the center of the flower and Nuvo drops for dimension.   

The pink card is a lot of the same thing from the card above but the arrangement is a little different.  I hope you enjoy the difference the color changes make in my cards.  

Creativity doesn't always come at the drop of a hat.  For me especially when it's a marker challenge.  I learned not to be blocked by insecurity.  Just jump right in and try.  It takes practice!

I hope you have a great day and try making a card or two using Altenew markers. 
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Friday, July 5, 2019

Class - Impressive Heat Embossing

Altenew's Heat Embossing Class

Wow! What a fun class taught by Svetlanna Marchenko.  This class is loaded with great information and lots of techniques!!!  If you get a chance to sign up for this one it is really good.  I've stamped for a long time but there is always something to learn.  I started these cards by stamping the outline with embossing ink and powder.  Then I heat embossed with a heat gun.  The next step was to water color the pieces.  I have to say that when I started the water coloring of the flowers I didn't like my first layer.  As I started to add more color and move it around with water I began to really want to see more.  The rose and orange flowers on the green card was my first. I like this card a lot except for the placement of the leaves.  I thought I could place all my elements on the first layer all at once.  Well....I can't.  I should have definitely done the flowers first then masked and done the leaves.  My card has the leaves floating out in empty space instead of connected to the flowers.  Lesson 1 learned!  When I got to the lavender cards I had an issue with my die cuts.  The die pulled up some of the white embossed portion of the element.  Two things here...first my die must have been a little off the line, second I think if I maybe used a piece of wax paper between the die and the image this wouldn't have happened.  But oh my goodness did I have fun!  Die cutting, water coloring, placing the elements, deciding on the backrounds, adding the splattering and adding the Nuvo drops.   The Altenew stamp and die set is the Build a Flower Dahlia. You can see this set at  Go Explore the site.  You'll find a ton of inspiration and lots more product to choose from.  Hopefully you have some carding making going on this weekend.  I do!!!  
Above is a picture of tree of the cards I made after taking this class.  You can see that color changes the whole look of a card.

I really hope you enjoyed my blog and pictures!  Please leave me a comment if you have any questions!  Have a wonderful weekend.
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Altenew Color Your Day

Altenew Level 2

Good Afternoon everyone.   It is a warm sunny day here in Florida.  I guess the weather is so pretty I'm having a little trouble being motivated.  I thought maybe writing my blog would inspire me to share good things with you.  

Theresa Calvird taught this Color Your Day set of six classes.  She shared so many helpful trick and tips.  One tip was " embossing powder sticks to water as well as it does to embossing ink".  This was a real new one for me.  It works.  Try splattering  water on your card stock with a paint brush and sprinkle the drops with embossing powder.  Then heat with an embossing gun like you normally would, is great new look!

My first card today is from Class #3 How Much Color.  The Stamp Set is Altenew's Build a Flower Japanese Mum.  The back ground is three shades of gray and one shade of blue from the Altenew ink sets Rock Collection and Glacier Caves.  Plus some black.    For the background I used the mini ink pads and spread ink on a large acrylic block.  Then I sprayed the block with water.  I turned the block upside down and stamped the paper.  I got a blended kind of splattered look (which I didn't like at first).  I let that paper thoroughly dry and added some splatters of gray.  I set it aside again to dry,  I moved to stamping my mums.  The outline is black the first layer was the littlest shade of gray and the next one was a little darker shade.  The last layer is Arctic Blue.   The classes suggest to try a 70/20/10 ratio of color.  My 10% is black, the blue is 20% blue and the 70% is gray.  I layered  the card base with a light gray paper to frame my top piece.  I die cut the flowers and the leaves using the matching dies and mounted them using liquid glue and foam tape for dimension.  I then add three different size Black Nuvo drops in a triangular shape.  I hope you like it.  

The second card is from Class # 5 "Changing it Up".  The card base is white card stock with a black framing layer and then the top layer is and olive green.  Altenew's Flower Vine Stamp and die set was used to create the floral vine.  It is stamped in black ink and then colored in using prismacolor watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  I added a half circle in a light green and then the vine.  Then I added the sentiment.  I die cut two white layers and one yellow and  glued them together for a dimensional sentiment and glued it to the card front.  I added three clear drops to the card front.

For my third card I started by using the Altenew Square Weave Pattern Stencil.   I used Honey Drizzel Ink and the Tim Holtz blender to add the pattern to the card base.  The Stamp and Die set for this card is the Altenew Flower Arrangement.   The flowers and leaves are stamped in inks from Sweet Dreams and Spring Bouquet.  The sentiment is from the same set.  I used foam tape to adhere the flowers and leaves for a dimensional look and three blue Nuvo drops.   

Well, I hope I was able to peak your motivation so you will try these too!  Have a great week!!

#Altenew, #AECP

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Level 2 Beautiful Details

Three Creations

Good morning everyone!  Hope your day is extra special! 
The first of my three projects is from the Beautiful Details class "Artistic Flowers".  A very interesting class taught by Marika Rahtu.  She really challenges every participant to think outside the box when working with stamps.  The stamp set I used is Etheral Beauty.  I only used one of the leaves from this set to build my flowers.  I started with Altenew's Moonrock paper for my card topper.  I stamped the leaves three or four times with Pure Graphite ink before re-inking the stamp to achieve several shades of one color.  Imagine just a simple little leaf stamp creates such a pretty flower with a ton of dimension.  The ink is from the Altenew mini set "Rock Collection.  Once my flowers were stamped I went in with my black micron pen and added some outlines and stems.  Can you imagine what they looked like before the outlining?  The flowers themselves actually tell you what to add as you go.  Just try it once and see for yourself.  I added a sentiment stamped in Pure Graphite from the Build a Flower set Coral Charm.  Then I added Nuvo drops.  Don't you know when I want all the drops the same size its hard to do but when I don't want them all the same it was even harder!  I am practicing these drops and working toward being able to create lots of different sizes.  I then glued the card top to the dark gray card base and added a slim strip of black paper to the bottom of the card front.  I will be adding this technique to my future projects.  I hope you like the finished project! 

The next project is from the Detailed Leaves class.  Again I used the Moonrock paper for my card topper.  I splattered the background using three shades of gray.  I set it aside to dry.  Beautiful Day is the Altenew stamp set I used for the leaves and the flowers.  I used white card stock for both.  The leaf coloring is three shades of Spectrum Noir markers.  And again I used my micron pen to sketch the lines on the leaves.  The flower was stamped with black ink.  Both images were cut using the matching Altenew dies.  I glued the card top to the dark gray card base I then added the leaves.  I used foam tape to add the flower for a pop up.The sentiment is embossed in white on black card stock and attached to the bottom right of the card.  Then I added crystal clear drops to the front of the card.

The last card today is from the Soft Daisy class.  The card topper is white with three shades of  of yellow and orange splatters ( I think I used a little too much splatter on this I might go a little less on the next card).    I cut a square window and added black dots all around the outside to give it a stitched look.  I added foam tap to pop up the window.  The stamp set is Spring Daisy from Altenew.  The sentiment was stamped in black directly to the topper.  The daisy and the leaves were embossed on vellum using a clear embossing powder.   They were both colored on the back using Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  This was my very first vellum project.  I think I was just scared to try it.....but Marika showed me the way.  If you have been holding back with Vellum....Try it You'll like it!  Now I will use this technique again and again.  I added some clear rain drops and dots to finish the card.  I can truly tell you that I learned a lot from these six classes.  All the Altenew classes are challenging and fun.  

Again I am thrilled to share my projects with you.  I hope you will share yours with me.  Have a wonderful week.  #Altenew;#AECP

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Level 2 AECP Classes

Level 2 Polychromatic

It is Tuesday May 28.  The start of a new week after Memorial Day.  I trust that you all enjoyed your extended holiday weekend.  It seems like no matter what I do I always seem to start my productive day at 11AM.  Whether it is an early shower and picking things up form the day before or doing laundry etc.  I am ready to go at 11AM.  I will be working on  getting my act together earlier (that's retirement for you)!  Today's post will feature three cards I made as a result of the Polychromatic class taught by Nina-Marie Trapani.  I learned so many things from this set of 6 classes and I will share some of those things with you.   The focus of this class was color....using several different tools. 

I chose a purple card stock for my first card.  To create my background I used the Beautiful Day stamp set by Altenew.  This set has multiple layers for stamping but I only used the outline stamp for this.  I stamped the outline in Altenew's Hydrangea ink.  Markers were used for the detail coloring.  Always start with the lightest color then darker to create your layered look. So I used a light lavender shade from my Spectrum Markers for the lighter dimension on my petals.  Then I used a darker shade of lavender for the folded edges of the petals.  I also went back to highlight the edges with a white colored pencil from Prismacolor.  What do you think?  Do the flowers look like they are popping off the paper?  I used a black micro pen to color the stamen.  The sentiment is on Altenew's Reflections Paper Pack and white cardstock.  Doesn't "Bloom with Joy" seem to go with this card?  I added sequins and three lavendar Nuvo drops to embellish it.

My second card is a simple "Hello"  which I hope anyone would like to receive.  This one is a little more complicated in that it requires a few more steps and tools.  The background is white 110 Lb card stock.  It is spattered with three colors of ink.  The floral section was done the same way the 1st card was done but I ran Hello through the die cutting machine and removed the card stock above the die cut.   I set the die cut word aside for future use and die cut hello out of the base purple and two times out of white.   those pieces were stacked and glued together.  The back ground piece was glued to the card and the Hello was fit into the die cut space.  I added a sentiment directly to the card and then some clear drops for dimension.   

Then I thought I might try working with a watercolor background in the pretty yellow and orange colors from the Altenew Golden Sunset ink group.  I used three shades from this set.  I used the darkest shade to color the edges of this layer.  Then  I stamped two layers of the Build a Flower Hyacinth onto a wet card stock let it dry and then two layers of green on the stems.  After drying I stamped the image with a black layer of dimension (not an outline) and die cut both images.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white on black card stock.  The watercolor cardstock was glued to the orange card base. The flowers were attached using one layer foam tape.  The sentient used two layers of foam tape.  I add yellow and orange Nuvo drops for dimension.  

My conclusion is that every class I take I learn many things.  Every card I make I learn even more!  Practice Makes Perfect!  Not that there is such a thing as a perfect card but working towards perfection is what it is all about!  You can find all kinds of inspiration on
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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Level 2 AECP Classes


Mother's Day is Sunday so I thought I would catch up my blog with the latest cards I made for Creative Watercolor Media.  This set of classes was taught by three very talented instructors Jennifer Rzasa, Debbie Hughes and Laura Basson.   Such fun classes using different tools for water coloring.  These classes were a challenge for me because I don't own any sprays and my only reinker is black.  So I improvised using my mini cube inks.  My first card is from lesson #3 .  It is my first shaker card.  I love creating something I haven't done in the past.  The back ground was done using Canson 140 lb. watercolor paper.  I blended three colors from the Golden Sunset mini inks.  Using Garden Grows  and Life is Beautiful stamp set I stamped images using Permanent (we don't want the ink to smear or spread when using water) Black Altenew ink.  Then I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils and blender to color the images.  The window shaker came from Queen and Company.  The flowers on the frame are two step stamping with Sunray, Velvet and Rouge mini inks..

I'm leaving the first construction picture smaller because I didn't realize the photo was a little blurry and I can't go back and take it again.  I'm learning.....  This photo is just to provide a look at the process of things like fussy cutting, embellishment layout and tools.
Here is the finished card.  I am so proud of how it turned out.

I created two more cards.  Using info I learned from Jennifer Rzasa in Class #4 Ink Sprays.   For these cards I needed to improvise because I  don't own ink sprays.  I used my mini cubes and water to create splattered back rounds with two shades of ink.  The stamp and die  set is Peony Spray.  I used three shades of ink for the leaves to make a loose watercolor image.  Both flowers are popped up using foam  squares.  I also used three ink colors for the flowers.  On the pink card I fussy cut images from Altenew's Reflections Paper Pack for my embellishments. On the green card I used Black Nuvo drops.  Two cards that are very similar and yet different.

 Happy Mother's Day to any of you who are Mother's!!!!  And Happy Weekend to all of you!!!!

#Altenew; #AECP

Monday, April 29, 2019

Level 2 Altenew Classes

With A Twist

With a Twist is the third class of ten in the Altenew Education Certification Program taught by Theresa Calvird.  There were six classes in this section.  I have created several cards and will be sharing three of them.  I really enjoyed doing all three but do have my own favorite which I will share first.  

The favorite card was a result of class #6 Die Cut With a Twist.  Hope you like it.

This is a standard A2 card (4.25"x5.5").  I used 110 lb white card stock for the base.  This is a top fold card.  Altenew's Bamboo Rose Stamp and Die set were used.  Below shows all the flowers I stamped and colored.  I used Altenew mini inks, water and a brush to water color the flowers and leaves.  All the flowers were stamped with the permanent black ink first and then water colored with the Red Sunset mini group inks.  For the leaves I used the Tropical Forest mini inks.  You can see I stamped a lot of flowers.  What I don't use I will have on hand to use on another card.

The next step was to die cut the flowers using my Gemini Junior cutting machine.   This takes a bit of time, but well worth it.  I used blush and olive inks to splatter tiny drops to the the card top.  Then the fun begins.  

Placing the flowers to the card top making room for the stamped sentiment.  I played with the flowers and two butterflies.  Once I got what I liked I took a picture.  I removed the grouping from the top and located my space for the sentiment.   Then I removed everything and stamped the sentiment in black. Using my photo of the arrangement I glued each of the elements to the card front. 

I am sharing two more finished cards from the With a Twist classes.  The first is from the class Cutting it Oddly.  I used an oval card to die cut the bottom opening.   This was done with colored pencils and blender tool.  The stamp sets are Flower Vine and Happy Bloom.  

The final card is made using a light violet paper for the card base.  The stamp set is Golden Garden.  I first stamped the outlines in embossing ink and embossed with a gold powder.  Once that was all cooled off I stamped the layer using a medium shade of violet.  Be sure to wipe the embossed areas  once you are done stamping.  The ink will just sit on top of the embossing so it will smear if you don't wipe it off.  You can tell by this card that I need to do a little work on my layers but the effect is still good.  I did three of this one.  What I would plan for in the future is leaving a little white space
(moving the flowers a little further apart).  The sentiment is a simple HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  The i has a little pink drop . 

Now after seeing all three, which one was your favorite?  My Journey with Altenew continues.  I am learning and sharing as I go.  Next class on my journey is "Creative Watercolor Media".  Stay tuned for more.  Please leave me a message with questions or comments.  Have a great week!!!

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Altenew Level 2

Altenew Level 2 In the Mood for Color

In the Mood for Color is a Level 2 AECP class taught by Stephanie Klauck.  This class taught me that color exudes a feeling/feelings as much as the contents of the card.  For Instance today's card was done using 3 of the 4 mini inks in the RED SUNSET Altenew mini inks.  RED says Love, Passion or Energy.  I used these colors for the Peony Spray flower.  The flower was stamped in black then embossing ink and then heat for an embossed edge.  I then used the inks to watercolor
the flower.  The leaves were done the same way using Frayed Leaf and Evergreen.  I added red and silver glitter tape and sequins for dimension.  The flower also has a bit of clear Wink of Stella on the petals.  It has been a fun couple of days taking these classes.  I hope you'll follow this blog to see what comes next.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Altenew Level II Beyond Basics Backgrounds


Beyond Basics Backgrounds

Original Card

As things go, I was asked to redo my submission card for Beyond Basics Backgrounds.  Redoing  is not a bad thing, it just means there is room for improvement on this submission.  It is a learning opportunity.  The outcome I hope is that my new cards show that I am learning something new everyday!!!  

The original card posted below:


Happy Friday!!!  For some of you that means you are looking forward to the weekend.  I hope that means you have special plans for at least part of it .  Maybe a little time for crafting/card making? But this Saturday and Sunday I redid my Beyond Basic Backgrounds Level 2 project.  Lydia Evans teaches this set of six classes.  She is an accomplished artist and her videos are full of amazing techniques and information. This A2 card (4 1/4" X 5 1/2")was created using 110 lb. white card stock for the card base.  I purchased 110 lb. card stock for this new card.  I was using a lighter weight for previous projects.  The lighter weight doesn't work well with markers and watercolor.  The paper tends to warp.  So this was another thing I learned in my class adventure.  I used Remember This Stamp and Die Set and Watercolor Stripes Cover Die.  The background on the card base is blended using mini inks from Glacier Caves and Red Sunset mini ink sets.  I added splattering to the background and the die cut. The flowers are three step layering using the same two color sets.  The leaves are stamped using Frayed leaf and Forest Glade mini inks.   I hope you enjoy this card. 

I'm sure you can see the difference the position of elements has made on the card.   Part of my learning has been that if you play a little with the elements (moving them all over the card front) before permanently attaching them to the card gives you lots of creative ideas.  You see I thought my card was OK before I made the changes but now it looks so much better.  Your eye is drawn to the grouping first and then the sentiment. 

When I was working on my redo I stamped and cut plenty of elements so I could use them later.  I decided to make an additional card using those elements.

The cover die is Leafy Frame cut from Sweet Pear cardstock.  The background was splattered.  Once it was dry I adhered the frame using liquid glue to the card front.  Liquid glue allows a little time to move the frame around and get to the right position.  The flowers were stamped in three layers.  The leaves are two layer stamping. 

My next project today will be to get my new IPAD set up.  Wish me luck.  I will be back again real soon with another AECP project. You should also visit the website for more ideas and inspiration.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

AECP Level 1 Challenge

My Challenge - Level 1

Create a HIS and HER encouragement/birthday project.  

Masculine cards are always a challenge for me, so I decided to tackle it first.  It took some serious planning since I don't really own any Altenew Stamps and Dies that are masculine.  Most of the Altenew stamps I own are flowers.  So...I decided to do a gear theme.  All of Altenew's Certification classes are fun and easy to follow.  I enjoy each one of the ten in Level 1.  The three that influnenced this card are: 
  1. Let it Shine - Sparkle tape and Nuvo drops were outlined to create dimension to a card.
  2. Irresitible Inking -Highlighted the use of several different techniques for creating backgrounds and dimension.
  3. Layering 1 and 2 - So many ways to create layers using inks , die cuts and more.  They are  must take classes for everyone (whether you want to be be a Certified representative or just enhance your stamping skills.
Below is the finished card. 

Level 1 - Masculine

I used my Silhouette Cameo 3 to create some gears and shapes.  I then cut them out of 2 shades of gray and black.  This gave lots of pieces to choose from for the card.   I needed a background piece so I used my brayer.  I rolled the brayer one at at a time using two shades of gray (Altenew's Limestone and Silverstone from their Rock Collection).  Then I used my acrylic stamping blocks.   I applied Black ink to one side of the block and put it on paper just like I would if I used a regular stamp.  I placed different size blocks in different directions for eye appeal.  Below are pictures taken through the stages of  this card creation.   I hope you like it.


All my pieces

Brayers and Inks

Acrylic block stamping
Finishing touches
I finished this card with three Red Nuvo Drops (I felt I needed a pop of color so I used the red drops and a red verse.) I also added glitter tape to the side front.  The verse is from Altenew's Painted Greetings set and I stamped it in Velvet.  Then mounted it on gray cardstock.  I popped it up with foam tape. 

Altenew offers many different classes on their website (  You will also find most of the supplies I used in this project.  Please go to the site and wander around.  If you need inspiration it is a great place to visit.

Challenge Level 1 - Hers

 I wanted to do something totally different for my HERS card.  There are so many beautiful Altenew floral stamp and die sets.  It was difficult to pick one so I didn't I used three.  Flower Vine, Spring Daisy and Sentiment is from Celebration.  There are lots of different colors in this card.  Inks, markers and blenders were used.

Colors used:
  1. Pocketfull of Sunshine
  2. Green Meadows
  3. Warm and Cozy
  4. Red Sunset
  5. Black 
Below is the finished HERs card:
Finished Card
My inspiration for this card came from the Layering 1 & 2, Easy Ink Blending and Easy Die Cutting classes.

After choosing stamps, dies and colors  I moved right into stamping the layered Spring Daisy and Leaves.  I used the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform to align my layers.  Alignment is a key to the layers.  It takes practice and I am still learning simple little tricks like using the guides provided with the stamps and also creating a little cheat mark on the paper before going to the next layer.  You can erase those marks after stamping.  Someone once said that "There is only one mistake you can make when creating "NOT TRYING".  Just step in and begin. Every little thing you see is what makes your card, your one of a kind hand made card!!!  Mine certainly aren't perfect but I learn something new every time I sit down and create.
Stamping Platform
Some of the pieces in this card are Die cuts and some are fussy cuts.
Stamped Images
I cut a top piece for this card from White Medium weight (80 Lb.) cardstock.  This topper has a half circle cut into the side.  I wanted to angle my flowers around the opening.  I used my inks (Rouge, Blush and Orange Cream) with a paint brush and water.  I stamped the mini-ink pad on my Teflon sheet and sprayed it with water.  Picked the liquid up on my brush and splattered the piece.  I also used my round blender and ink to blend the area that would show under the topper.  The blending picks up the colors in the flowers.  I assembled the pieces a few times before I liked it and then I glued and taped the pieces down.  The topper and the verse are popped up using foam tape.  Then I added three black Nuvo drops for dimension. 

Assembling pieces
Challenge Level 1 Both cards
What a fun Challenge this was.  I stretched my skills for sure.  Learning and using what you learn is what Altenew is all about.  Please check them out you won't be sorry!!!  #Altenew; #AltenewAcademy; and

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Altenew Academy Seasonal Scene Building Level 1

Seasonal Scene Building Level 1

Framed Scene

Sat March 2, 2019

Today's blog will discuss my creation for the Framed Scene Class #4 taught by Nicole Magouirk.  Five great classes.  I wanted to create a pretty card using Spring colors.

This is my last class in Level 1...Whooo Hooo!!!

The white card base is a standard A2 card (51/2" x 41/4").  I used my brayer and Altenew mini ink for a custom background.  The frame is Gradient Stripes Die, also from  I just die cut it from white card stock and glued the outline of the frame to the card base.  I left the cross lines loose so I could slide flowers and leaves underneath any of the the lines.  You can go back and add a drop of glue to any of these lines after you finish the rest of the card.  I didn't because I felt these were secure enough.  The flowers and leaves are from the Sunlit Flower Stamp and Die set.  Two of the flowers I used two layers of color and one flower is three layers.  the leaves were all stamped with a black outline.  I used Altenew markers to color them in.  These classes were so much fun and I really learned a lot.  I hope you will explore the website for more inspiration.  

Create, Create, Create!!! 
Have a great weekend!!!

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